- Make a mini-mix doing only fast transitions with the crossfader (This can double as a marketing down the line)
- Transition only using EQ’s
- Transition only using FX
- Play instrumentals/acapellas over other tracks
- Layer drum loops and other samples over mixes
- Force yourself to mix between different genres
- Transition tracks in alphabetic order
- Filter & sort your collection to dig up forgotten gems;
- Find older tracks – sort by ‘Import Date’
- Find tracks you haven’t played in a while – sort by ‘Last played’
- Find tracks you haven’t played much – sort by ‘Play Count’
- Mix without headphones
- Mix with only headphones
- Force yourself to not use the sync button!
Some of these approaches incorporate creative restraint. It takes mental pressure away from trying to come up with something new and relaxes the mind enough to go to work on the cool stuff. Forcing yourself to limit your options leaves you no choice but to get creative. Tackling challenges gives you focus, it pencils in an outline on the blank canvas of your sets. All you then need to do is color it in!
Conversely, having too many options can be overwhelming. In stride, pick just one of the above line items. Start with the easiest. You want to build/continue building the habit of practice. Going through the motions of your new routine is more important than the actual routine itself, at least for the first ~45 days. This about how long it takes for new habits to form.